December 7th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
3 months ago

CNN Poll: Palin's popularity on the rise

Sarah Palin has erased her drop in the polls that followed her resignation as Alaska governor, according to to new CNN poll out Monday.
Sarah Palin has erased her drop in the polls that followed her resignation as Alaska governor, according to to new CNN poll out Monday.

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin has erased her drop in the polls that followed her resignation as Alaska governor, according to new national survey.

But when it comes to opinions of Palin, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday suggests a partisan divide and a gender gap.

The survey indicates that Americans are split on Palin, with 46 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of her and an equal amount saying they have an unfavorable view of last year's Republican vice presidential nominee.

Full results (pdf)

Palin resigned as Alaska governor in July, with a year and a half left in her first term. She attributed the decision to tremendous pressure, time and the financial burden of a litany of ethics complaints in the past several months, complaints Palin said were without merit and took away from the job she wanted to do for Alaskans.

Related video: Public split on Palin

Following her resignation, Palin's favorable rating dropped to 39 percent in CNN polling, but her popularity is now back to the same level it was before she stepped down. The former governor is in the middle of a national tour for her best selling book, "Going Rogue: An American Life."

Eight out of ten Republicans questioned the survey have a favorable opinion of Palin, with more than seven in ten Democrats view her unfavorably. Independents are evenly divided on Palin. According to the poll, 51 percent of men see her in a positive light, with an nearly equal amount of women view Palin in a negative way.

"The gender gap on Palin is not simply a function of the fact that women tend to identify with the Democratic party more than men do," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Even within GOP circles, Republican men like Palin more than Republican women do. John McCain put Palin on his ticket in 2008 to appeal to female voters, but it looks like men are a natural constituency for her."

How does the first female vice-presidential major party candidate in more than two decades compare to recent vice presidents?

"Palin is still not as popular Al Gore and remains more unpopular than Joe Biden, but her favorable rating is much higher than Dick Cheney's," adds Holland.

Palin's book tour brought her to Iowa on Sunday. With the former Alaska governor considered a possible contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, attention has been sparked by her visit to Iowa, site of the first event on the presidential calendar. Long lines of people have waited hours to see Palin during many stops of her nearly month long book tour.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 2-3, with 1,041 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Sujith, NE

    I get it. Its a bush conspiracy to make him look less stupid. Looking back at his 2 terms, anything is possible.
    Just for the record – liberals are scared of her stupidity.

    December 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Todd

    I am not a Liberal or Republican, but come on now lets vote for people with more sense and Palin is not it. Both parties are wrong with the ideals they have and time for a 3rd party that is more in the middle. The more parties we have on the ticket the more we have a choice and not the clowns I see now runnig in 2012.

    December 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Jamie

    She looks just adorable in her hat! So on what planet will she become President?

    December 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Bugl3t

    Santa Claus is popular, too. That doesn't make him presidential material, nor does it make his story any more true.

    Sarah Palin must still be waiting for her reality check to come in the mail.

    December 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. jeff

    Nobody cares about that dilweed except CNN! dosn't one of those ns in your name stand for News??Why don't you report some instead of what Palin is doing this week??She's nobody and will always be nobody!!

    December 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Bob (Illinois)

    ***sigh***

    How can any intelligent person pay attention to this nitwit?

    December 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Alyson

    Did they break down the poll based on level of education? It continues to amaze me how stupid people are. Sarah Palin is a joke. She is ignorant, she lies, she fuels the fire for hate mongers, she is a quitter and the list goes on...A pretty face, yes; substance, no.

    Get ready for some "fancy pageant walking" in 2012. That is all she has going for her (and the ignorant men who think that is enough).

    December 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Kallee

    Why all the hate from both sides? I like Palin, I like Obama, the problem is we look for the faults of opposing party candidates. Palin has climbed in the polls because unreasonable expectations were placed on Mr. Obama. He couldn't walk on water and he won't be able to overcome 8 years of American financial irresponsibility (Clinton years) or 8 years of reckless war debt. Grow up folks and quit sticking your tongue out at one another.

    December 7, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. hongli

    The ONLY HOUSE that Sarah Palin could win is the OUT-HOUSE.

    December 7, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. GrownUpsHandleComplicated

    You go, tea-baggers, birthers, terminally terrified, and Cold War paranoiacs! Palin in 2012!! Your implosion is a daily treat, and NO ONE on the Democrat side–me included–is going to get in the way of elevating Palin (geez...talk about a Messiah complex; at least our guy can understand Earth is greater than 5000 years old). We gladly welcome her as your representative. Exhilirating.

    December 7, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Ken H.

    The left-wing liberal loons can hate Palin all they want, but in the end, she will walk all over these liberals!

    December 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. russell

    CNN if your so in love with this idiot , why don't you take a poll to really see just how people really feel about Palin , and I bet you would have a majority of pollster's totally against her , but CNN is just like republicans , you guys just don't want to hear the truth !

    December 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. shmeckel

    We elected our least qualified senator to be our president, why should this surprise anyone. I sure do hope our nation is stable come 2012. Because we sure do some irrational thinking when things are not going good.

    December 7, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Anon

    Only an uneducated, fascist moron would have any respect for a clueless idiot like palin. Just goes to show how many gullible, stupid people there are in the US. Of course that's just what the repubs want and why they always try to kill funding for education.

    December 7, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Harald

    Wooowww....46 % of peole polled have a favorable opinion of Palin ?!?!
    That really means:
    1) that 8 years Bush apparently were still not enough and
    2) intellect is no requirement for political office.

    December 7, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. not alone

    fast losing interest with this forum pls no more quitter Palin on this forum.

    December 7, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Scott

    The numbers in favor of Palin show you what a brain-damaged group Republicans are. Throw in 50% of independents and even 30% of Dems with a favorable opinion, and you see that its a contagious disease. It's like over half the country has mad cow disease, which I hear you can also get from eating moose.

    December 7, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Debbie

    LOL...

    CNN has had a "thing" for her and I don't doubt they are still taking polls on her.

    She is dumb as a rock. But I would say sly like a fox. She plays whoever she can.

    President? I wouldn't vote for her to be PTA President.

    December 7, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Jean Duthler

    She might be a likeable lady – but enough is enough – she is in no way Presidential material – God forbid she had been elected. Let her collect her millions on her book and go back to hunting and fishing in Alaska

    December 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. CommonSense09

    Yep – proves this country is not very smart. CNN – quit reporting on this quitting fool. No one with any brains cares. Got it????

    December 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Melanie

    Dear God, why can't she just go away? Her followers are like a bunch of brain dead zombies. I get physically nauseous everytime I hear her name. Why does the press make such a big deal out of her anyway? We have a lot more important things to discuss. Sarah Palin – JUST GO AWAY FOREVER!

    December 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Nancy Houston TX

    Please please make her go away, the only reason men like her is that she has set any womans movement back about 30 years. How can we be taken seriously when we have her as our spokesperson. She is un-intelligent, extremist. It terrifys me that people actually idolize her. Cnn if you quit reporting she will disappear back into her cave where she belongs

    December 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Patricia

    With all due respect, can we please move on from this Palin moment?

    I am an intelligent businesswoman, a Christian and a mother. I would never vote for Sarah Palin because she does not have the skills to run this country. She may be a nice Christian mom, but she is not a person who could lead this country. I don't want "someone I can relate to", I want a LEADER with brains!

    December 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Santa Fean

    Like "awol" Palin is a known quitter. Remember when "awol" resigned from the National Guard during the Vietnam war? Like "awol" she is going to be a perfect puppet as she knows little and is not curious. Remember, she thinks dinosaurs walked with man. All she needs is a running mate who would be the real power just like "awol" had. Perhaps "five deferments" will run with her? That would be great for the Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned us about.

    December 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. disgusted independent

    "...her favorable rating is much higher than Dick Cheney's"

    I think we're setting the bar about as low as you can go with this statement.

    Palin, how much are the Dems paying you to ruin what's left of the Republican party.

    December 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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